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Covid 19 in Utah
Renee Bright / KUER

Updated 1:09 p.m. MDT 7/9/2020

Total Cases: 27,356 | Total Hospitalizations: 1,700 | Current Hospitalizations: 177 | Deaths: 205

Utah reported on Thursday 601 new cases of COVID-19. That’s a 2.2% increase in total cases from the day before. For the past week, the positive rate is 9.9%. The state reported four new deaths. So far, 388,733 people have been tested. 

Ongoing COVID Spike

Photo of adult grizzly bear in Yellowstone.
Courtesy of NPS / Jim Peaco

Thursday morning, July 9, 2020

An aerial image shows two large ponds of uranium tailings with Sleeping Ute Mountain in the background.
Tim Peterson/LightHawk

Wednesday evening, July 8, 2020

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Wikimedia Commons

Once the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the U.S., major events like conferences and concert tours were postponed or outright canceled. But as Utah reopens, pulling back restrictions on large gatherings, some are beginning to come back. 

Photo of Dixie State Entrance.
Flickr Creative Commons / David Sanborn /

Tuesday evening, July 7, 2020

Headshots of each candidate cropped into one image
University of Utah website and Spencer Cox campaign

Utah Republicans have selected Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox as their nominee for Utah governor. Cox will now face Democrat and University of Utah law professor Chris Peterson in the general election.

Nighttime photo of a crowd wearing masks and holding candles.
Lexi Peery / KUER

One-third of the inmates at Washington County’s jail have tested positive for COVID-19 and family members say officials didn’t provide adequate protection against the virus. 

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Ken Lund via Flickr

Friday evening, July 3, 2020

Photo of an empty classroom / Ridofranz

The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally altered education in Utah, when learning was forced from the classroom to the computer. For some teachers, the ongoing challenges of online learning, along with an uncertain health risk come fall, have them questioning if they can stick with teaching. 

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Lexi Peery

Thursday evening, July 2, 2020

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Brian Albers / KUER

Wednesday evening, July 1, 2020

A group of people standing on the sidewalk.
Kate Groetzinger/ KUER News

Masks are a contentious issue in Moab. Local officials have pushed visitors to voluntarily use them since tourism resumed, but many visitors aren’t complying. Now, the Grand County Council is pushing to make face coverings mandatory inside all public places and businesses. 

Utah Transit Authority bus

Tuesday evening, June 30, 2020

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Pablo Zarate / For KUER

Utah has provided nearly $134,000 in rental assistance to 112 people since mid-May, when the governor’s eviction freeze ended. 

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Ken Lund via Flickr

Monday evening, June 29, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the nation to figure out something it's tried to do for years: increase access to telehealth.

That’s true across the nation and in rural Western states like Idaho. 

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KUER file

Friday evening, June 26, 2020

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Emily Means

Thursday evening, June 25, 2020

Photo of Gary Herbert wearing a mask
Pool photo

Following weeks of high rates of COVID-19 cases in Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert announced Wednesday he will not be making a statewide mandate on mask wearing. He did say he would be signing an executive order requiring face coverings in all state facilities, including institutions of higher education and state run liquor stores. 

Photo of a face mask that says don't tread on me
Courtesy of Christine Passey-Spencer

Wednesday evening, June 24, 2020

COVID-19 Graphic
Renee Bright / KUER

Utah's Coronavirus Task Force is expected to give weekly briefings about the ongoing coronavirus situation. Speakers will regularly include state epidemiologist Angela Dunn and Gov. Gary Herbert.

Video of each briefing is streamed live on Gov. Herbert's Facebook page with live audio. You can also listen live on KUER-4

Today's briefing is scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. MDT.

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istock / Wolterk

Tuesday evening, June 23, 2020

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Pool photo

The coronavirus pandemic has been a politically divisive issue across the country, and in Utah it’s become a wedge issue in the Republican race for governor. 

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Wikimedia Commons

Monday evening, June 22, 2020

Photo of four people standing behind a table holding medical equipment.
Courtesy of Nate Edwards / Brigham Young University

A team of recent graduates from Brigham Young University have designed a low-cost, portable ventilator. Originally intended to help newborns in developing countries, the design just received a fast-tracked approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and can now be used in the fight against COVID-19. 

Close up photo of the George Floyd mural.
Brian Albers/KUER

Monday morning, June 22, 2020

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Renee Bright

June is Pride month, but Utah’s annual parade and festival have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo of The Grand American Hotel.
Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Thursday evening, June 18, 2020

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Wednesday evening, June 17, 2020

Photo of the Utah state capitol building.
KUER File Photo

The Utah Legislature’s Executive Appropriations Committee approved $850 million Wednesday in total budget cuts for the next fiscal year.